Aboriginal Cadetship Program

What is the Aboriginal Cadetship program?

The Aboriginal Cadetship program offers Aboriginal university students the opportunity to earn an income and gain valuable work experience while completing an undergraduate degree. 

Why is the Cadetship program on offer?

WA Health is committed to improving the health outcomes of Aboriginal people across Western Australia.

Although accounting for only 3.8 per cent of the State’s population, Aboriginal people have the worst health outcomes of any group in our community.  Attracting and retaining Aboriginal people to our diverse and talented workforce is essential to delivering culturally appropriate health services and improving the gap in Aboriginal health outcomes.

The program is a key workforce initiative aimed at creating pathways for Aboriginal university students to gain employment in WA Health. It is designed to provide Aboriginal students with an opportunity to gain an income while studying full-time for an undergraduate degree qualification. The program is co-sponsored by the Department of Health and the Indigenous Cadetship Support (ICS) with funding for positions consisting of a salary component from the Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate and an allowance from ICS.

Students selected onto the program will be required to undertake 60 days of paid work experience with a Host Site located at the Department of Health, 189 Royal Street, East Perth. Typically this will mean a cadet works on site one day per week with additional days completed as a block attendance during semester breaks or at the end of the year.  

Am I eligible for the program?

 To be considered for a cadetship you must be:

  • an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student
  • enrolled in a full-time undergraduate course at a recognised university; and have completed at least one semester but require two or more semesters to complete it.

Please note: while you are welcome to apply from anywhere in WA, the cadetships are based in the Perth metropolitan area with cadets expected to attend work locations at 189 Royal Street, East Perth. 

How long does the program run for?

Successful applicants will be initially appointed on a fixed-term 6 month contract. Subject to a Cadet achieving satisfactory standards of work, academic performance and progress they may be appointed on a contract for the duration of their course.

Program places

Vacancies available for cadetships will vary each year.

More information

For further information on Aboriginal cadetships, contact:

Melanie Robinson
Aboriginal Health Policy Directorate, Department of Health
Email: Aboriginal.Health@health.wa.gov.au 
Phone: 9222 2478
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